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IDB supports Belize’s health sector in ensuring timely COVID-19 vaccine accessibility

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved the first hybrid sovereign guarantee operation, with an investment loan and a guarantee for Belize. The $2.1 million guarantee will provide support for interventions to contain the transmission of the virus by increasing and facilitating access to COVID-19 vaccines. Specifically, it will consist of the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the purchase of the committed doses of COVID-19 vaccines (channeled through ‘Gavi’ Alliance’s COVAX Facility).

Belize Participates in Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SICA with the Director General of the Pan American Health...

Ambassador Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, headed the Belize delegation on behalf of Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, at the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SICA with Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director General of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

First COVID-19 vaccine administered to medical personnel in San Pedro Town

The vaccine's anticipated rollout in San Pedro Town started shortly after 1PM with staff from the different polyclinic departments. The first group of professionals to be vaccinated included pharmacists, doctors, nurses, dentists, and technicians.

Prime Minister says schools could re-open in May or June

Schools across the country were closed shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020. Educational institutions have been operating via distance learning, and until recently, there was no timeline for their re-opening. With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out in the country as of Monday, March 1st, and with teachers among the first recipients, Prime Minister Honourable John Briceño anticipates schools' re-opening by May or June of this year.